Dr. Sachiko Terui is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. She received her BA from Aichi Prefectural University (Japan), MA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Terui’s research interests lie in the intersections of cultures, languages, social interactions, and health among marginalized and at-risk populations. She is interested in how individuals’ (both as patients and providers) language barriers influence patient-provider interactions. Moreover, with the idea that the meanings and functions of language barriers differ depending on the political and social environments, she conducts cross-cultural comparisons in Japan and the US. She presents her research at regional, national, and international communication conferences.
Terui, S. & Hsieh, E. (2016). “Not homeless yet. I’m kind of couch surfing.”: Finding identities for people at a homeless shelter. Social Work in Public Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/19371918.2016.1188739
Terui, S. (2015). Conceptualizing the pathways and processes between language barriers and health disparities: Review, synthesis, and extension. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(1), 215-224. doi:10.1007/s10903-015-0322-x
Hsieh, E. & Terui, S. (2015). Inherent tensions and challenges of provider patient communication: Implications for interpreter training in health care settings. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 141-162.